Windows 10: Missing internal hard drive space

Discus and support Missing internal hard drive space in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; I have a 500GB internal hard drive but only 1.45GB free space. The folder inside only occupying 95.5GB. There are no hidden files. Where is my 345.5GB... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by Cara, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Cara Win User

    Missing internal hard drive space


    I have a 500GB internal hard drive but only 1.45GB free space. The folder inside only occupying 95.5GB. There are no hidden files. Where is my 345.5GB free space? Help needed desperately.

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    :)
     
  2. BulldogXX Win User

    where should I put my pictures that I am moving back to the PC files from my external storage?

    Storing pictures on an internal hard drive does not in any way slow the performance of a computer.

    If you're running out of space on your internal hard drive then you might want to move some pictures to an external hard drive. Otherwise, the mere presence of pictures on your internal hard drive does not affect its performance.
     
    BulldogXX, Oct 27, 2016
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  3. Windows 10 Internals and Diagnosis for Systems Problems

    I need more space for internal hard drive.
     
    saifulanuar, Oct 27, 2016
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  4. EdTittel Win User

    Missing internal hard drive space

    Can you run WinDirStat or Treesize against that drive and post a screen capture here, so we can see the disk layout? If you run WinDirStat with elevated privileges (right click the .exe file, then select "Run as administrator..." from the pop-up menu) it will tell use more about what's going on there.
    HTH,
    --Ed--

    PS: here's an example screencap from WinDirStat for my C: drive

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    EdTittel, Oct 27, 2016
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  5. Cara Win User
    thank you very much for your reply. WindowsImageBackup occupying the space. Can I delete it? How should I delete it?

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  6. RolandJS Win User
    Why are your WindowsImageBackup images on your hard-drive? Such images should be only saved and stored onto reliable external media
     
    RolandJS, Oct 27, 2016
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  7. Bree New Member
    From the name 'New volume (FMissing internal hard drive space :)' this would appear to be a separate internal drive and not the same physical disk as the Windows system (C: ?) being backed up. Nearly as safe (but probably less convenient in an emergency) as using an external drive.

    Yes, you can delete it (just use File Explorer) but then you won't have a System Image to restore if your Windows drive ever failed and had to be replaced.

    It appears you have set up your 'Backup and Restore (Windows 7)' to back up to a second drive (FMissing internal hard drive space :). You also appear to have ticked the 'include system image' option. I would suggest you don't include a system image in future. Rather you should invest in an external USB HDD and backup just the system image to that. You can continue backing up just the documents and folders to F: if you wish.

    You may also wish to look for a less temperamental and more reliable way to make system images than the Microsoft one. Macrium Reflect is widely respected on these boards.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6...p-restore.html
     
  8. EdTittel Win User

    Missing internal hard drive space

    Type backup into Cortana/search box, click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7), then click on Manage Space as shown here:

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    That will show you your backups, and give you the option of pruning them. Relocating them to an external drive is never a bad idea, because it makes backups easier to mount and access on another PC (which is what you may want to do if the PC you're backing up goes south).
    HTH,
    --Ed--
     
    EdTittel, Oct 28, 2016
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  9. Cara Win User
    Going to backup files to my external hard drive. Thank you guys so much. Really appreciate the help.
     
    Cara, Apr 4, 2018
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